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On September 28th, RDM member Patrick D. Murphy presented “An Ethical Guide in Pretty Much Everything an Attorney Should Not Do” for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association‘s CLE By The Hour program. Utilizing the latest in work from home technology, Patrick illustrated all of the pitfalls associated with signing new clients up, the responsibility to the Court and opposing counsel throughout litigation, and the duties that every lawyer should strive to uphold.

RDM attorneys are regular presenters at continuing legal education courses. Our attorneys are proud to share their skills and experience in pursuit of outstanding professional development opportunities for our colleagues in the field of law.

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The US flag at half mast in fromt of the Capitol following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo by Ted Eytan.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was given the honor of lying in state in the U.S. Capitol after her death on September 18th. She is the first woman and the first Jew to be given this honor. RDM member and CFO Dyanna Ballou was surprised at that fact, which lead her to research the history of lying in state.

Two types of honors involve the ceremonial presence of remains in the Capitol: “Lay in state” and “lay in honor.” Per the Architect of the Capitol, only government officials or military officers may have their remains lay in state. Private citizens are may have their remains lay in honor.

Henry Clay was the first person to be lain in state in 1852. Since then 34 American officials, judges, and military leaders, have lain in state. U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings was the first Black American given the honor of lying in state in 2019. Only four people have lain in honor, including Rosa Parks.

There are no criteria for who is chosen except Congress’s approval and the deceased family’s consent. Not all those entitled to the honor have it accepted. The families of Presidents Truman and Nixon declined the honor.

Interestingly, those who have lain in state are placed on the catafalque used at President Lincoln’s funeral. Those who have lain in honor are placed on other biers.

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Rasmussen Dickey Moore congratulates new associate Alison McCourt for successfully arguing a summary judgment motion against several defendants for withholding unpaid rents to the owner of several rental properties.

Alison just joined RDM in June and is already delivering outstanding results for our clients. Her focus on the issues and persuasive arguments resulted in a favorable decision in favor of the client and brought an overall end to the litigation.

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Hydrocodone pills and bottles. Hydrocodone is an opioid painkiller.

The ravages of the nation’s opioid crisis are regular topics in the news today. The costs in damaged lives, healthcare expenses, lost productivity, and criminal activity are ever-growing. Now a new avenue for recouping those costs is opening: the plaintiffs’ bar is actively recruiting state and local governments to sue opioid manufacturers to recover the costs of combating the use of opioids. States, cities, and counties are signing up in record numbers, seeking reimbursement for the costs of battling opioid addiction.

The first lawsuit was filed in 2015 by Mississippi’s Attorney General. Now these lawsuits are filed almost weekly. And that certainly will continue, considering the enormous problem of opioid dependency. In 2016, almost 63 million Americans received a prescription for an opioid drug. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 100 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. We all are familiar with famous names such as Prince, Heath Ledger, and Tom Petty. They represent thousands of other citizens who have had the same sad fate. In addition to death, drug abuse can result in criminal activity and broken lives as addicts who cannot get the painkillers through legal prescriptions turn to illegal drugs such as heroin and the synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanil. Synthetic opioids are a frightening development. Fentanyl is 10,000 times stronger than morphine, and carfentanil is 100 times stronger than an equal dose of fentanyl. Misusing these powerful drugs even once can result in death.

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Managing this tidal wave has devastated city, county, and state budgets because of the high costs of police, courts, incarceration, medical care, and addiction treatment. As one example, every day over 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids—not to mention the hidden costs of child welfare needs for families torn apart by opioid abuse, babies born to addicted mothers, and even seemingly minor costs such as using city employees to clean up used syringes left in parks. In November 2017, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors calculated the cost of the opioid crisis at $504 billion in 2015 alone. Despite this, when President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency in October 2017, neither he nor Congress allocated any extra money to state or local authorities to combat the issue.

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The best trial counsel is well prepared and open for improvement. At Rasmussen Dickey Moore we pride ourselves on continuously looking for innovative ways to improve our trial expertise.

Recently a member of our team went to the Defense Research Institute‘s Trial Tactics Seminar in Las Vegas, attending sessions ranging from jury selection to selecting expert witnesses. This event allowed our firm to be on the cutting-edge of trial preparation and defense for trial. From this event we learned new strategies to best support and defend our clients.

We know how important it is to be prepared for trial. RDM is known for its unparalleled attention to detail on every one of our cases. We bring focus and dedication to your case. We’re always seeking new methods and knowledge to add to our arsenal of skills and experience.

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When you’re facing a trial, you need to have a plan. Kurt Rasmussen and the team at RDM can make sure you’re prepared to enter the courtroom.

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